It was always going to be a temporary stay at Bromley, says departing right-back Richard Brindley
RICHARD BRINDLEY says his stay at Bromley was always going to be a temporary one.
The 26-year-old right-back was one of five players to depart Hayes Lane after Neil Smith’s guided the club to a top-half (12th-placed) finish in the Vanarama National League.
Brindley made 34 League appearances for the Ravens, scoring twice and he revealed on his Twitter account that he is looking to return to the Football League.
“I have really enjoyed this season. It has been a difficult two or three seasons in what has been considered below my level,” said Brindley, who suffered relegation from League Two with Barnet the previous season.
“Understandably people confused with my last two club moves, but I have no regrets moving forwards.
“It was always going to be a temporary stay, in which the club were aware of.
“I thank all of those at Bromley FC from the owners down to the manager, staff and players.
“Wishing the team all the success in the future and I will miss an unbelievably good bunch of team-mates.
“Thank you to the fans especially. Your love and support has been impeccable and I can’t thank you enough for making my time here enjoyable. It’s been a pleasure.”
Smith has also parted company with goalkeeper David Gregory after two seasons at Hayes Lane, while striker Joe Quigley and midfielders Kyle De Silva and Reece Meekums were released following loan spells during the course of the season.
Centre-half Jake Goodman, 25, meanwhile, has agreed a new deal to stay at Hayes Lane.
The former Maidenhead United man signed for the club las summer and memorably scored the winning goal against Sutton United on New Years’ Day in front of the BT Sport cameras in their only visit of the season to Hayes Lane with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute.
Goodman suffered an ACL injury in March and has worked tirelessly in his recovery and is having an operation to ensure his return to match fitness during next season.
“The club has shown massive amounts of loyalty and have been excellent throughout,” Goodman told www.bromleyfc.tv.
“I’m now looking to get back fit as soon as I can to help the team and repay the faith shown. I’ve got my operation and I hope to be back on 1 June to kick-start my recovery.”
Manager Smith added: “Jake goes in for his operation and fingers crossed that goes well for him. He’s shown an exemplary attitude since the unfortunate injury. He’ll soon be back doing his own rehab and pre-season to get back with us as quickly as possible.”
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